Everything fell into place: the weather was kind, the turnout great and the performances vibrant.
The 15th edition of Blankets & Wine Kampala on Sunday lived up to its billing.
Taking place at the Lugogo Cricket Oval, the event has certainly cemented itself as a must-attend event on Uganda’s social calendar.
From the lineup of artistes, the festivities, the guest list, to the fashion sense; everything seems to naturally fall in place. Multi-instrumentalist Giovanni Kiyingi, The Mith, Jemimah Sanyu, DJ Naselow and Alikiba from Tanzania were the headline acts.
Prior to the event, Alex Tusingwire, the Tusker Malt Lager brand manager and its partners House of Deejays, were coming together to give consumers a refreshing, fun-filled end of year experience.
“This time as is the norm, we have a vastly talented artiste lineup performing. Simply put, it is a unique cocktail of musical genres; with a perfect blend of fresh Afro-fusion and familiar world music. These acts will give us a perfect ending to the year,” he said.
On a bright Sunday afternoon, the Kololo Cricket Oval was the place to be. By midday, queues were already building up as revelers, with their picnic bags in tow, made their way to the venue.
The performances were kicked off by Jemimah Sanyu (below) who sang many of her songs off her ‘Amaaso go googera’ album.
Not only did Giovanni Kiyingi (pictured below) impress with the smooth sounds from his many instruments, he also showed vocal prowess. He sang some of the songs from his latest album as well as some from his highly anticipated album.
By the time Hip hop artist The Mith (below) took to the stage, the crowd was on their feet. The rapper made his performance interactive as his band backed him up.
The day’s deejays, FEM DJ who kept the crowd entertained and dancing in between acts, and DJ Naselow who kept them dancing even after Alikiba’s performance, were a thrilling addition to the lineup.
The headlining act, “Alikiba” famous for his songs like; “Mwana” “Aje” “Chekecha cheketua” and more, showed just how much Afro-music is loved.
When he finally kicked off his performance, it was a case of ‘who could jump highest, who would bend lowest and who would shake best.’ The artist who also loves to dance, played songs like "Cinderella", "Nakshi Nakshi" "Usiniseme" "Dushelele" "Single Boy" which brought out some insane dance strokes from revelers.
“This year we wanted to bring in a new musical experience to the Blankets & Wine event," said Tusker Malt Lager’s Tusingwire.
"Alikiba, whose music is loved and danced to, is dominating international airwaves and was the perfect choice. For Tusker Malt Lager, this is our way of showing our appreciation to our consumers by giving them the best.”